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Operationele Directie Aarde en Geschiedenis van het Leven (IRScNB/KBIN)
This institute is the successor of the institute underneath
Belgische Geologische Dienst (IRScNB/KBIN-BGD/GSB), more
Departement Paleontologie (IRScNB/KBIN), more

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English name: Operational Directorate Earth and History of Life
Parent institute: Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen (IRScNB/KBIN), more
Vautierstraat 29
1000 Brussel
Type: Scientific

Persons (20)  Top | Institutes | Publications 

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Child institutes (3)  Top | Persons | Publications 
  • Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen; Operationele Directie Aarde en Geschiedenis van het Leven; Afdeling Fossiele Invertebraten (IRScNB/KBIN), more
  • Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen; Operationele Directie Aarde en Geschiedenis van het Leven; Afdeling Fossiele Vertebraten (IRScNB/KBIN), more
  • Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen; Operationele Directie Aarde en Geschiedenis van het Leven; Afdeling Micropaleontologie en Paleobotanica (IRScNB/KBIN), more

The Operational Directorate Earth and History of Life is part of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) which was founded in 1846 under its former name, the ‘Koninklijk Natuurhistorisch Museum van België’ (Royal Belgian Natural History Museum). The Directorate conducts fundamental and applied research in the fields of geology, palaeontology, bioarchaeology and human evolution.

Three multidisciplinary research programmes can be distinguished:
- Researchers from the Geological Survey of Belgium study the evolution of the lithosphere, the geological component of our environment and its mineral and energy resources. This group also provides scientific expertise within EuroGeoSurveys;
- The Palaeobiosphere Evolution programme conducts research with regard to the evolution of the biosphere and its interactions with the geosphere: the biodiversity and evolution of fossil flora and fauna, the reconstruction of fossil environments and palaeoclimatology;
- Researchers on the Quartenary Man and Environments programme study the physical and cultural aspects of human evolution, as well as the interactions between humans and their physical and biotic environment in the past. Funded by the regions, the group also provides expertise in the field of archaeosciences.

In each of these research programmes marine themes are covered:
- In the Geological Survey of Belgium research is conducted on the dynamics of sedimentary basins, studying inter alia the stratigraphy and sedimentology of marine records. The Geological Survey also focuses on the reconstruction of the geological history of natural hazards (tsunamis) and the reconstruction of the oceanic geochemical fluctuations and biotic turnovers;
- The research programme Paleobiosphere Evolution studies the evolution and dynamics of marine palaeoecosystems during critical periods in the history of life on earth, through the integration of palaeobiological, geophysical and geochemical information. Furthermore, research is conducted on the origin and early diversification of cetaceans during the Eocene;
- The Quaternary Environments and Humans unit focuses on the reconstruction of the changing environments of low-lying coastal plains during the Pleistocene and Holocene. Finally, the evolution of fish exploitation and trade are studied.

Publications (27)  Top | Persons | Institutes 
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  • Peer reviewed article Collareta, A.; Lambert, O.; Landini, W.; Di Celma, C.; Malinverno, E.; Varas-Malca, R.; Urbina, M.; Bianucci, G. (2017). Did the giant extinct shark Carcharocles megalodon target small prey? Bite marks on marine mammal remains from the late Miocene of Peru. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol. 469: 84-91., more
  • Peer reviewed article Bardet, N; Fischer, V; Machalski, M; Fischer, V. (2016). Large predatory marine reptiles from the Albian-Cenomanian of Annopol, Poland. Geol. Mag. 153(1): 1-16., more
  • Peer reviewed article Bogemans, F.; Roe, H.M.; Baeteman, C. (2016). Incised Pleistocene valleys in the Western Belgium coastal plain: Age, origins and implications for the evolution of the Southern North Sea Basin. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol. 456: 46-59., more
  • Peer reviewed article Marx, F.; Bosselaers, M.E.J.; Louwye, S. (2016). A new species of Metopocetus (Cetacea, Mysticeti, Cetotheriidae) from the Late Miocene of the Netherlands. PeerJ 4., more
  • Peer reviewed article Bianucci, G; Urbina, M; Lambert, O. (2015). A new record of Notocetus vanbenedeni (Squalodelphinidae, Odontoceti, Cetacea) from the Early Miocene of Peru. C. R., Palévol 14(1): 5-13., more
  • Peer reviewed article Coen-Aubert, M. (2015). Revision of the genus Frechastraea Scrutton, 1968 (Rugosa) in the Upper Frasnian of Belgium. Geol. Belg. 18(2-4): 109-125, more
  • Peer reviewed article Collareta, A; Landini, W; Lambert, O.; Post, K; Tinelli, C; Di Celma, C; Panetta, D; Tripodi, M; Salvadori, A; Caramella, D; Marchi, D; Urbina, M; Bianucci, G (2015). Piscivory in a Miocene Cetotheriidae of Peru: first record of fossilized stomach content for an extinct baleen-bearing whale. Naturwissenschaften 102(11-12)., more
  • Peer reviewed article Colpaert, W.; Bosselaers, M.; Lambert, O. (2015). Out of the Pacific: a second fossil porpoise from the Pliocene of the North Sea Basin. Acta Palaeontol. Pol. 60(1): 1-10., more
  • Peer reviewed article Deprez, A.; Tesseur, S.; Stassen, P.; D'haenens, S.; Steurbaut, E.; King, C.; Claeys, P.; Speijer, R.P. (2015). Early Eocene environmental development in the northern Peri-Tethys (Aktulagay, Kazakhstan) based on benthic foraminiferal assemblages and stable isotopes (O, C). Mar. Micropaleontol. 115: 59-71., more
  • Peer reviewed article Lambert, O.; Collareta, A; Landini, W; Post, K; Ramassamy, B; Di Celma, C; Urbina, M; Bianucci, G (2015). No deep diving: evidence of predation on epipelagic fish for a stem beaked whale from the Late Miocene of Peru. Proc. - Royal Soc., Biol. Sci. 282(1815)., more
  • Peer reviewed article Lambert, O.; de Muizon, C.; Bianucci, G. (2015). A new archaic homodont toothed cetacean (Mammalia, Cetacea, Odontoceti) from the early Miocene of Peru. Geodiversitas 37(1): 79-108., more
  • Peer reviewed article Mottequin, B.; Malti, F.; Benyoucef, M.; Cronier, C.; Samar, L.; Randon, C.; Brice, D. (2015). Famennian rhynchonellides (Brachiopoda) from deep-water facies of the Ougarta Basin (Saoura Valley, Algeria). Geol. Mag. 152(6): 1009-1024., more
  • Peer reviewed article Mottequin, B.; Poty, E.; Prestianni, C. (2015). Catalogue of the types and illustrated specimens recovered from the 'black marble' of Denee, a marine conservation-Lagerstatte from the Mississippian of southern Belgium. Geol. Belg. 18(1): 1-14, more
  • Peer reviewed article Tolokonnikova, Z; Ernst, A; Poty, E.; Mottequin, B. (2015). Middle and uppermost Famennian (Upper Devonian) bryozoans from southern Belgium. Bull. Geosci. 90(1): 33-49., more
  • Peer reviewed article Derycke, C; Olive, S.; Groessens, E.; Goujet, D (2014). Paleogeographical and paleoecological constraints on paleozoic vertebrates (chondrichthyans and placoderms) in the Ardenne Massif: shark radiations in the Famennian on both sides of the Palaeotethys. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol. 414: 61-67., more
  • Peer reviewed article Fischer, V.; Bardet, N.; Guiomar, M.; Godefroit, P. (2014). High diversity in Cretaceous Ichthyosaurs from Europe prior to their extinction. PLoS One 9(1): 1-26., more
  • Peer reviewed article Fischer, V.; Cappetta, H.; Vincent, P.; Garcia, G.; Goolaerts, S.; Martin, J.; Roggero, D.; Valentin, X. (2014). Ichthyosaurs from the French Rhaetian indicate a severe turnover across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary. Naturwissenschaften 101(12): 1027-1040., more
  • Peer reviewed article Fischer, V.; Arkhangelsky, M.; Naish, D.; Stenshin, I.; Uspensky, G.; Godefroit, P. (2014). Simbirskiasaurus and Pervushovisaurus reassessed: implications for the taxonomy and cranial osteology of Cretaceous platypterygiine ichthyosaurs. Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 171(4): 822-841., more
  • Peer reviewed article Lambert, O.; Bianucci, G; Beatty, L (2014). Bony outgrowths on the jaws of an extinct sperm whale support macroraptorial feeding in several stem physeteroids. Naturwissenschaften 101(6): 517-521., more
  • Peer reviewed article Lambert, O.; Bianucci, G; Urbina, M (2014). Huaridelphis raimondii, a new early Miocene Squalodelphinidae (Cetacea, Odontoceti) from the Chilcatay Formation, Peru. J. Vertebr. Paleontol. 34(5): 987-1004., more
  • Peer reviewed article Taverne, L.; Capasso, L. (2014). On the "Coccodus" lindstroemi species complex (Pycnodontiformes, Gladiopycnodontidae) from the marine Late Cretaceous of Lebanon, with the description of two new genera. Eur. J. Taxon. 101: 1-27., more
  • Peer reviewed article Vincent, P.; Taquet, P.; Fischer, V.; Bardet, N.; Falconnet, J.; Godefroit, P. (2014). Mary Anning's legacy to French vertebrate palaeontology. Geol. Mag. 151(1): 7-20., more
  • Peer reviewed article Coen-Aubert, M.; Gourvennec, R; Monod, O; Plusquellec, Y; Tourneur, F (2013). Frasnian rugose and tabulate corals from the eastern Taurus (Kozan region, Turkey). Geodin. Acta 26(1-2): 68-93., more
  • Peer reviewed article De Baets, K.; Goolaerts, S.; Jansen, U.; Rietbergen, T.; Klug, C. (2013). The first record of Early Devonian ammonoids from Belgium and their stratigraphic significance. Geol. Belg. 16(3): 148-156, more
  • Peer reviewed article De Bast, E.; Steurbaut, E.; Smith, T. (2013). New mammals from the marine Selandian of Maret, Belgium, and their implications for the age of the Paleocene continental deposits of Walbeck, Germany. Geol. Belg. 16(4): 236-244, more
  • Peer reviewed article Devleeschouwer, X.; Heyvaert, V.M.A.; Louwye, S.; Piessens, K.; Smith, T. (2013). Moving plates and melting icecaps - Processes and forcing factors in geology, 4th international Geologica Belgica meeting, September 11-14, 2012. Geol. Belg. 16(4): 208-210, more
  • Peer reviewed article Smith, T.; Smith, R. (2013). A land micro-mammal fauna from the Early Eocene marine Egem deposits (NP12, Belgium) and the first occurrence of the peradectid marsupial Armintodelphys outside North America. Geol. Belg. 16(4): 302-310, more

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